Knowing with New Media


Worldview moves from
a clockwork metaphor
to a ripplework metaphor

The world is seen as clockwork: stable, sequential, quantifiable

The teacher is an agent transmitting knowledge from
prescribed material to students

The teacher works in collaboration with the students

From Didactic Pedagogy to New Learning is a brilliantly crafted video by professor Bill Cope from the Department
of Educational Policy, Organization, & Leadership, University
of Illinois, illustrating the difference between the traditional
and transformative pedagogies.


Ripples pedagogy addresses the instability and complexity
of the burgeoning digital world. The model suggests an individual can best succeed in life by developing the ability
to self-gain, self-evaluate data, and self-construct knowledge from an overwhelming abundance of information.

The Ripples life skills repertoire is built with the application 
of critical self-reflection, multimodal communication, collaboration, individual agency and DIY creativity.

To know more about the Ripples model for teaching
and learning, visit the Amazon or Palgrave Macmillan store where you can buy the book Knowing with New Media:
A Multimodal Approach for Learning written
by Dr. Lena Redman


Mary Kalantzis
& Bill Cope


Jean G Boulton
Peter M Allen &
Cliff Bowman


Tony Wagner


Traditional Education

Ripples Education

The pedagogy is oriented towards learning from someone else's constructed knowledge and following instructions

The pedagogy is oriented towards optimising a student's agency to gather, analyse and produce knowledge using personalised technology

The student is alienated from their individual interests, abilities and natural-sociocultural environments

The student is reconnected with their individual interests, abilities and natural-sociocultural environments.

They develop a repertoire of life skills, adapting it continuously
along with the demands of the changing world

From Didactic Pedagogy to New Learning

Prof Bill Cope

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The world is seen as ripplework: dynamic, chaotic, complex

20th century

21st century


Ripples pedagogy understands the Self as a cluster of individual genetic predispositions, psychological characteristics and developed traits such as, curiosity, talents, abilities and grit, as well as acquired knowledge and belief systems.

Traditional education generally disregards the Self. It often leaves
the Self undiscovered and uncultivated, its potential unused.

In the Ripples model, the circular motion between two concepts is signified with the symbol          .
For example, self others or self environment.

The symbol indicates the dynamic interdependence of two parts –
the ripple of grasping and being grasped.